This unit provides an in-depth exegetical study of the NT epistles known as Galatians and James, with a particular focus on the themes of mission and identity. The study of these letters will begin with an examination of the social setting from which they emerged, examining them as literary arguments for a particular theological understanding of emerging Christian identity and early Christian mission. This unit will also consider how these letters continue to offer a model for the contemporary church.

Unit Code: BN3209T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an awareness of the dating, authorship, social setting, key themes, and literary genres of Galatians and James.


Critically interpret passages from Galatians and James in conversation with secondary scholarship and with an awareness of the hermeneutical principals involved


Critically articulate the issues relating to identity and mission in the first century setting of Galatians and James


Identify and evaluate the model(s) of mission in Galatians and James as possibilities for the contemporary church and alongside modern scholarship

Unit sequence

An introductory unit in New Testament


6 fortnightly sessions online. Each session consists of the teacher's multi-media lessons augmented by the set texts, online forums and tasks.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Online tutorial engagement across 6 forums (equivalent to 1,000 words)

0 20.0

2,500 word thematic essay

0 40.0
Exegetical Essay

1 x 2,500 word exegetical essay OR 2 x 1,250 word papers

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 12 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-04 13:27:29 +1100